Dallas County residents have a new way and an extended deadline to seek aid following severe weather that tore through the region between April 26-June 5.

The overview

In coordination with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Dallas County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a new in-person disaster recovery center aimed at providing one-on-one help to those affected by the storms and flooding.

In addition, FEMA has extended the deadline to apply for assistance to Aug. 15.

“This additional location will provide ... access [to] assistance provided by our nonprofit partners and visit with individuals from FEMA about the opportunities available for financial assistance,” Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins said in a news release.

What you need to know

Opened on July 2, the disaster recovery center is able to provide assistance to residents in filling out applications for assistance and coordinating translators or other accommodations.

Located at the Dallas College Eastfield Campus at 3737 Motley Drive, Room G101-G102, Mesquite, the disaster recovery center is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

At the center, eligible applicants within the county can apply for FEMA’s individual assistance program, which provides funding to assist with:
  • Temporary housing
  • Emergency home repairs
  • Uninsured and underinsured personal property losses
  • Disaster legal services
  • Disaster unemployment assistance
  • Medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by disaster

What else?

Residents do not need to visit a disaster recovery center in-person to apply for FEMA assistance. They can also fill out an online application or call FEMA at 800-621-3362.